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Rhythm Issue 298

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Rhythm is the globe's most respected and best-loved drum magazine. Every five weeks (10 issues a year) we bring you the latest news and interviews with the drum world's biggest players, review the hottest new gear and present first-class drum tuition with the best teachers.... No wonder we've been at the forefront of the global drumming community for more than a quarter of a century. Subscribe today to receive in-depth interviews & kit tours with famous players, basic and advanced lessons, rated gear reviews and lots of percussive brilliance!

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United Kingdom
Lifestyle Media House Ltd
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
hello and welcome back to rhythm…

Once again, I’m going to start by saying that I hope that this finds you and yours all keeping safe and well as we find ourselves confined to our houses for the third time… All of us at Rhythm were incredibly touched to receive so many positive messages when we were finally able to get the magazine back up and running at the end of last year. Thank you, it’s very much appreciated – as is the support of each and every one of you that buys an issue or a subscription in this very challenging period. During the first round of lockdowns in 2020, I was introduced to Jim Toscano – a freelance drummer, educator, clinician and online technology coach based in New York. We talked about how important it…

1 min.
contributing to this issue...

David West Once a proud destroyer of single-ply drumheads, since switching to jazz, David now caresses the drums as softly as a summer breeze. There’s still a part of him that misses breaking sticks all the time – it’s the part that grew up on Cozy Powell and Alex Van Halen. Part of the Rhythm team for nearly 20 years, he has interviewed many of his heroes, including Steve Gadd and Zigaboo Modeliste. WHAT’S GOT YOU EXCITED? “I’ve been getting a buzz from listening to some amazing congueros, like Alexandra Alban, Kachiro Thompson, Luis Conte. It’s a great incentive to keep my hands in shape!” Jim Toscano A NYC freelance drummer, educator and clinician, Jim is the author of Filling In The Grooves: The Ultimate Guide To Drum Fills. He has studied with world-class drummers…

3 min.
drumming for autism!

It comes as little surprise to hear that drumming is good for you. Not only does it release those endorphins as we joyously bash away at the tubs, but it also helps to keep us fit and healthy. In fact, over the last decade the Clem Burke Drumming Project (CBDP) has provided some incredible insights into the links between drummers and the fitness of top-level athletes. But, even with the project’s sizable existing pedigree, 2021 is shaping to be something of a landmark year. That is because they are now drawing parallels between time behind the kit and a positive impact on individuals with autism. Latest research from the project has linked learning to play the drums with positively changing the brain’s structure and function, something that has resulted in enhanced behaviour…

1 min.
dust palace unveils its first full boutique sample library

Spring, Echo, Distort, the new boutique sample library by Joe Clegg’s Dust Palace, squeezes more than 1,000 unique samples in its reassuringly sizeable pack. The pack does not just feature the impressive talents of Ellie Goulding, Mumford and Sons and Clean Bandit sticksman Joe Clegg, however, as Clegg invited a handful of top names to contribute to the collection! Adam Marcello (Katy Perry), Andrew Marshall (Billie Eilish) and Gunnar Olsen (Bruce Springsteen) all answered the call to help create additional royalty-free drum loops and pre-sets. The set features three classic drum machines that have been sampled through six analogue effect units – ultimately yielding a mighty treasure trove of more than 1,000 samples. All of which can be yours for a mere £49. Those guys and girls at Dust Palace have clearly been…

2 min.
madden klass

This has always been my dream,” says Madden Klass. The New York drummer balances playing progressive rock with Space Junk Is Forever with studying at Berklee College of Music. Being in demand, she took a year off from Berklee to tour with Wheatus and Mike Doughty, drumming with both acts every night. “This was a huge, unexpected bonus,” she says. “I was really happy to take the time off, get some experience and use that to get even more focussed.” How did you join the band Space Junk Is Forever? “I had just gotten to Berklee, I was having a good time, but I wasn’t really playing with anybody yet. I went on Facebook and saw somebody posted looking for a drummer, paid rehearsals and gigs, and I answered in five seconds…

2 min.
will glaser

There’s nowhere to hide,” says Will Glaser about his new album Climbing In Circles, recorded in a trio with saxophonist Matthew Herd and pianist Liam Noble. “It’s really intimate, and it’s quite an interesting opportunity to explore other elements of the drums that you can’t necessarily do if you’re playing with a bass or a larger ensemble.” The album mixes bold explorations of jazz standards and ‘Lonely’ by Tom Waits with free improvisations. What do you enjoy about the trio or duo formats with piano and sax? “Melodically speaking, the textures you use, you can be slightly more dense in terms of the range of the instrument – playing more on the toms, using the drums that would potentially muddy the sonic breadth of the band. One of my favourite records of…